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children. president vladimir putin signed the law this week. >> you know, russia actually ranks third of all the countries for u.s. adoptions, just behind china and ethiopia. but president putin has made it official, banning adoptions by americans. and it is all over a diplomatic issue. >> reporter: lee allen and his wife planned to adopt only one baby in russia, but they couldn't bear to leave behind a baby that shared the same crib. >> the boys had already made a home in my heart. and all i wanted to do was go across over to russia, go over the ocean and bring them home. and i counted the days and hours until i could do that. >> reporter: today, the two boys, jason and john christian are 13 years old, and this is how they describe their lives. >> i can't believe i'm here with the family, i love it. >> reporter: but their adoptions almost didn't happen. about the time lee allen was going to adopt them in 1999, a newly appointed president putin imposed a ban on adoptions, but that was lifted six months later. once again, russia has placed a ban on adoptions by americans. the issue has
the subway tracks. >>> in russia, president vladimir putin signed a bill banning americans from adopting russian children. let's take a live look now from the russian embassy here in d.c. if we could. the law putin signed is reportedly in retailation for a new law in the u.s. that calls for sanctions against russian officials for human rights abuses. it takes effect january 1st and it also blocks dozens of children already in the process of being adopted by americans from leaving russia. >>> still ahead at 7:00, a closer look at the fiscal cliff fight and what it would take to get a deal done. >> plus, moving on out, after pounding the nation for days, a monster winter storm is finally losing its steam. we're going to take a look at the damage and travel delays it left behind. >> first, here's dave. >> sarah, the biggest game in decades is almost upon us. just two days away from the redskins and cowboys to decide the nc east crown. >> thank you, dave. hello. as we head to the break, live look outside. we're going to get the latest weather and traffic from tucker and jeff coming up next.
adoption agency for 20 years and her nieces and nephews were adopted from russia too. conner and jack mcfaden are fraternal twins who would have been separated. at age 16, both americanized but have a unique understanding of this new law in their native russia. >> and they seem very upset because i don't know where i'd be. the kids don't have many more chances at a life that they could love. >> reporter: or a family they can be part of. it is estimated that there are 750,000 orphans in russia, three quarters of a million kids who mcfaden says may now never know a life fulfilled. >> i'm devastated for the families. but for the children. they will grow up in an orphanage and will not know the love of a family. >> currently there are 46 russian children that have already been approved to be adopted by american families. deborah and some other organizations here in the states are asking to get russia to help those children come to america. but with the law signed this morning, there's not much hope for that or for any other future children to be adopted by american families. >>> he was a fam
rebel operations in the eastern city of aszohr. meanwhile, russia's top diplomat and international envoy to syria met in moscow and they are calling for a syrian-led political transition. they warn the conflict is becoming more militarized and sectarian. >> the conflict is not only more and more militarized, it is also more and more sectarian. and if we are not careful, if the syrians themselves are not careful, it will be a mainly sectarian conflict with really dire consequences for the people of syria. >> the meeting appears to signal a shift in position by russia. so far moscow has opposed efforts by the u.n. security council to oust syrian president who has been a longtime ally. >>> meanwhile, a member of russia's parliament is trying to reverse part of a controversial law banning all adoptions by americans. the state-run news agency says the lawmaker is submitting an amendment that would allow americans to adopt children with disabilities. but the u.s. is hoping for a total reversal and so are hundreds of americans waiting to adopt russian orphans. lisa silvester has more. >> report
the stadium. the video shows a woman running from the scene. a airliner smashed into a highway in russia. four of the crew were killed, no passengers were on board and no one on the highway was injured. it was arriving when it over shot the run way. a lot of celebrating early this morning in portland, maine, the first same sex couple said i do under a new state law that took effect at midnight. they said it's surreal. maine, maryland and washington state all approved same-sex last month. gay marriage was legal in d.c. and six other states. >> heart breaking news for american families waiting to adopt a child from russia. president putin has signed into law that americans cannot adopt russian children. it's said to be retaliation. in a few minutes we will talk about an atlanta family who are midway through the adoption process and are praying for a miracle. across india today, a nationwide protest took a new heart breaking direction, people across the country are out in angry droves calling for justice in the wake of a brutal gang rape, and then word spread that a victim, a 23-year-old woman di
apart. russia officially bans the adoption of russian children by americans. >>> and for the second time in a month, a man pushed to his death from a new york city subway platform in the path of an oncoming train. wolf blitzer is off. i'm candy crowley. you're in "the situation room." >>> all eyes on that white house this hour. and the meeting that may be the last best chance to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff. right now, the leaders of the house and senate are sitting down with president obama in a search for an 11th hour deal to prevent severe tax hikes and spending cuts from automatically kicking in with the new year. cnn's chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is getting new details. jess can ka, what are you hearing about that meeting? >> reporter: candy, the president is going to explain or reiterate the position he took on friday, that he would like a plan that extends tax rates for people who make $250,000 and below but raises them for those who make more than that. that it extends unemployment benefits for americans. and if the president, i'm told will
in russia. >> those poor kids. >>> want to move on to the weather. lots of snow, wind, hail everywhere across the u.s. the storm that brought snow and spun off tornadoes is still not over. ten deaths blamed on the storm. more than 2,400 flights have been canceled. it could dump more snow on new england and upstate new york today. boy, they don't need that. bonnie schneider with a look at the forecast. good morning. >> good morning. the storm we've been talking about is working its way to extreme northeastern new england. it is hitting canada hard. quebec is getting more snow. i mentioned yesterday that cold air would come in behind the system. it sure has. scranton at 26. below freezing in new york city at 31. just to let you know, it's not over yet. a brand new storm system set up these winter weather advisories for pennsylvania and into new york, washington, d.c., and the mountains of virginia. you can see also ohio slammed again after so much snow from the first system. so the way it's going to play out, saturday into sunday, this system is likely going to bring heavier snow to area
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with its own people never had many allies to begin with. today russia's support of syria is cracking. for the first time a senior russian official has says publicly syria could likely fall to the rebels. the deputy foreign minister in moscow said we need to look at the facts in the eye. we can't exclude a victory by the opposition. the russians have blocked all u.n. security council resolutions aimed at stopping the civil war in syria. they have vetoed sanctions against the assad regime and provided weapons to government troops fighting the rebels. now their most powerful ally says assad might be losing. they're not alone. head of nato today said this. irng the regime in damascus is approaching collapse. i think now it is only a question of time. but those people, they're the politicians, want to see the real side of syria's civil war, the streets where people are caught up in the crossfire dying there. what you're about to say you can only see here on cnn. this is a teenager risking his life to save a stranger. here's arwa damon. >> reporter: a fighter slithering across the street,
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to meet with the envoy to syria. across barbra himybill: russia s discussion in moscow. earlier in a week there was a report it was pulling support away from damascus. has that bent case? and why the relationship with russia so critical. >> reporter: it's one of the countries syria will listen to. russia could have sway over syrian president assad. >> the best issue we have is russia. russia stood up and told him to stop the chemical weapons issue and he backed off. but now he's back at it again. >> reporter: if assad does leave the immediate problem for the international community is who will take over in syria. then another key issue is how and who will secure the chemical weapons? bill: we are awaiting word from the pentagon and when that happt to you. martha: sarin gas is one of the world's most dangerous chemical weapons. experts say it has 500 times as toxic quality as cyanide does. 100 milligrams, which is one drop, can kill the average person in minutes if he or she is not given an immediate antedote. bill: syria depend on money from its oil exports. 9% of which are purchased by e
comes from the official scene right here beside syrian president assad. this is russia's deputy foreign minster. he told his country's state run news service the syrian government is losing control of more of the country. a quote from him. "we need to look at the facts in the eye. unfortunately we can't exclude a victory by the opposition." russia was one of the votes that kept the united nations from acting against assad. on top of that, today the native secretary general said this. >> i think the regime in damascus is approaching collapse. i think now is only a question of time. >> another possible sign of assad's regime cracking. four scud missiles that officials say were aimed at anti-government faxes in northern syria. scud missiles here. analysts say the regime they are using reckless extremes it's a sign of desperation. we will talk about that at the top of the hour, but today 28 syrians were killed according to opposition groups. nearly all died in two car bombings in the damascus superbs. >>> a warning, your bank account could come under attack from cyber criminals. this coming
rights and supporters say boosts egypt's political stability. >>> and russia's upper house of parliament has approve adverse hal measure banning address adoption of russian children by americans. the legislation goes to putin for signing. this move is seen as retaliation for a law president obama signed earlier this month imposing travel and human rights restrictions. and i'll have a full report on this story later in our 6:00 p.m. hour. every year they have about 1,000 children adopted from russia by americans, but all of that could be put on hold. and it's a unclear also what's going to happen to the cases pending. but again, we'll have much more on the story coming up at 6:00 so people can tune in again. >> can't wait to see it. thanks so much. >>> you're in "the situation room." happening now, a pair of wounded firefighters. welcome to our viewers around the world. you're in "the situation room." we begin with today's heart if the dealt thank you from survivors of a christmas eve shooting. j the firefighters had just arrived at a burning home when a sniper opened fire severely woundi
's a political element here that might be changing, and that is russia's position. if russia unloads their support of assad, i think assad is almost gone, and you are seeing that happening with assad saying he's going to use some of these chemical weapons. it's desperation. what i think we also are seeing is stronger pressure from some of the other surrounding countries, turkey, qatar, i think the european union is seeing the effects of assad falling and by the way, the use of chemical weapons hasn't happened. they've brought some of the sarin together. >> i wonder if some of these chemical weapons could have been transferred from iraq and lead up to the war. dick cheney said last night, andy, that our alleys no longer trust us and our allies and our enemies no longer fear us. what do you think of that? >> well, look. i think he's right. i think in this equation it's clear that president obama again has moved the goal post on a commitment that he made. that said, i must say i'm more concerned about the assad successor regime and the haste of the administration. i think actually the p
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. 7:30 a.m. sunday, right? eastern time. sanjay gupta, don't miss him. >>> russia's government trying to put the brakes on american parents adopting russian children. coming up next, the impact families here in the u.s. and really what is being done to stop this proposed ban. [ female announcer ] what if the next big thing, isn't a thing at all? it's lots of things. all waking up. connecting to the global phenomenon we call the internet of everything. ♪ it's going to be amazing. and exciting. and maybe, most remarkably, not that far away. we're going to wake the world up. and watch, with eyes wide, as it gets to work. cisco. tomorrow starts here. >>> helping newtown heal. one week after the tragic school shooting at that elementary school, some people coping with unimaginable sorrow are turning to dogs. take a look. >> he's a comfort dog. you can pet him. it says right here, please pet me. a comfort dog is whatever brings comfort to other people, when they're suffering or hurting or brings happiness to people, helps people process their grief. >> it's okay, abbie. it's good girl. ye
as the sweetest 4-year-old boy you could ever meet. he lives in russia where the moyers visited him a few months ago with the intention of adopting him. >> we know that there are special needs children in that area of the world and that is something that we are open to and the child that we are pursing, vatalia, has down's syndrome. >> reporter: the moyers who live in georgia are facing what could be an insurmountable obstacle. president vladimir putin has indicated he will sign it into law. >> if what they say is going to happen really happens, those families are not going to be able to adopt the kids even if all the legal processes already have been in place. but much more important, let's focus on the children. what it means is those children will remain institutionalized. >> reporter: some see the russian bill as retaliation for an american law that puts restrictions on russians accused of human rights violations. according to statics by the u.s. state department, the number of russian children adopted by american couples has increased significantly in the last few years. in 2004, the number
clinton holds emergency talks with russia as u.s. officials confirm reports that the syrian military is prepared to launch chemical weapons against its own people. >> we've made it very clear what our position is with respect to chemical weapons and i think we will discuss that and many other aspects. >> the whole world is watching. the whole world is watching very closely. and the president of the united states has made very clear that there will be consequences. >> plus, sharp criticism from afghan president karzai. the exclusive nbc interview. why he says the u.s. is partly to blame for the growing instability in his country. >>> and the duchess of cambridge leaves the hospital after being treated for acute morning sickness. her royal father-in-law couldn't be happier. >> i'm not a radio station? >> grandfather, that's splendid. that's great she's getting better. >> good day, i'm chris cillizza in for andrea mitchell live in washington. behind the bluster and the rhetoric, what happens going on behind the scenes in the budget negotiations? and big breaking news in this town. senat
. >> designed by russia to protect its city's military bases and icbm by attack by the united states. the sa 17 is among the most sophisticated air defense systems in the world. russia sold the system to syria. now with syria falling into the chaos of civil war and desperate need for men, ammunition and equipment. for more than a year now, fox news has exposed the clandestine resupply of syria's military by iran using commercial airliners and unregistered cargo planes seen here offloading syria's military airports. now western intelligence sources confirm the planes are flying back to iran loaded with the sa 17's. current plans by israel and the townhouse attack iran's nuclear facilities count on using electronic counter measures to defeat iran's relatively outdated air defense system. if deployed around iran's facility the sa 17 would vastly increase their protection. now in addition to the missiles iran gets from syria, they have been highly successful at reverse engineering this kind of technology. so with just a few sa 17 systems that could build many many more, shep. it's clear this intell
. syria's closest ally other than iran is russia. today russia moved five warships to the mediterranean to prepare to evacuate russian citizens out of that country. there are a lot of russians who live in syria. and a massive evacuation is something russia had resisted doing all of this time because, we think, they thought it would make their ally look bad. well, now things have progressed in this war to the point where they appear to be no longer concerned than. they are preparing to get their people out. for those of us who are friends of richard and ghazi and john, and of course for their families, today and last night when we learned are just pure joy and relief that they are okay. but for all of us who beyond friendship just admire these guys, right, just admire their work, admire that they're willing to take such risks to report from war zones, the next thing today after the relief and the joy that they have been released unharmed, the next thing today is to remember that the thing they take that risk for is to get the story out to the world of what is happening in these war zones
own people. earlier today secretary of state hillary clinton held talks with russia's foreign minister and the u.n. peace envoy to syria. russia and the united states have been at odds over how to resolve the conflict with syria, but the talks indicate moscow might now be changing its position. >> we have been trying hard to work with russia to stop the bloodshed in syria and start a political transition toward a post assad syrian future. >> senior u.s. officials tell fox news syrian technicians have fully mixed an unknown quantity of the deadly nerve agent sarin and loaded it onto what officials believe are to be breakable canisters that can be dropped from above. if syria were to drop these chemical bombs, thousands of people would die within minutes. >>> software mogul john mcafee is in the hospital tonight after going into convulsions and suffering two apparent heart attacks. it happened just hours after guatemalan officials rejected his bid for asylum. mcafee was arrested for illegally entering the country yesterday. that's where he turned up after weeks in hiding. mack a phone is
of state hillary clinton held a news conference. keep in mind, russia here, really, resisted the efforts to speed the departure of the syrian leader al assad. so jill, do we know, was syria's chemical weapons, was that discussed here in this conversation between the secretary of state and the foreign minister of russia? >> reporter: well, yes. initially. there are actually two meetings between secretary clinton and the foreign minister. and you know, russia actually does -- this is one area where they do agree. russia is very much opposed to any type of use of chemical weapons and in fact secretary clinton thanked him for speaking about that which she did in brussels just yesterday, talking about that. although, brooke, you know, you have to say that the russians next breath say that they have raised that issue, in fact, with bashar al assad. the president of syria. and he assures them that there's no use intended and it is not a problem and, so, you kind of have two messages coming from the russians but you would have to say they're very much opposed to that and a lot of concern. >> so
now. call the number on your screen now! stuart: temperatures in russia plunged to minus 50 degree fahrenheit, their enduring their harshest winter in 70 years, russia seeing temperatures tend to 15 degrees lower than normal this winter. 45 people dead, two fifty cents to the hospital because of cold weather in winter in russia. a woman in louisville trying to buy two ipads with an electronic benefits transfer card and basically what we would call cash welfare. she was the ninth, ran out of the store trying to steal the ipads, one example of what we call the entitlement culture. welfare and food stamps are not a stop gap. they have become a way of life. joining us is star parker, founder of cure, a reformed welfare cheat to. along time since you have been with us. you have been way too long. >> glad to be back with you. stuart: i want to talk about this edt cash card. this lady was trying to buy ipads with it. what you could buy with the edt card was heavily restricted but apparently it is not. tell me. >> you have a fee to got caught shoplifting but the bigger problem is this mass
in russia after a major snowstorm caused a backup two days ago. a 30-mile stretch of roadway between moscow and st. petersburg is completely jammed with one lane open in each side. it is so bad that field kitchens have been set up. drivers are also running out of gas to keep their engines running in the subzero temperatures. >>> the double tragedy that stunned an nfl franchise and everyone in its host city. the kansas city chiefs won just their second game of the entire season today after the shock of a teammate's apparent murder-suicide yesterday. and cnn is near arrowhead stadium where the chiefs leadership decided the game must go on. how did the team acknowledge this horrible tragedy? >> reporter: hello, don, from kansas city. before the game kicked off, a moment of silence for all victims of domestic violence. clearly an attempt by the chiefs to make sure that jovan belcher's girlfriend is not forgotten in all of this as a high profile nfl football player is in the midst of this tragic story. but this was a far cry from any kind of normal nfl football game on a sunday afternoon, don. t
missiles could mean for the larger conflict. alisyn: that is good context. what is russia saying now about the assad regime? >> reporter: yesterday they came out and said, all right, we think there is a possibility president assad would fall. this is one of those things speaking to truth as this russian diplomat did may not exactly jive with the party line. inside baseball here as russia came out today and forcefully gotten behind president assad said, no, no, our diplomat was misquoted. he was saying what the opposition was saying. a little fanciful. there was hope as the humanitarian crisis increases inside syria there are many more hundreds if not thousands of people dying inside syria that russia may be loosening ties to president assad. sadly for the united states and allies we found out that russia is continuing to hold fast with president assad their long time ally and happy to see him kill as many of his own citizens as he would like. alisyn: thanks leland. bill: you think about the last two years of headlines and think about this region how much it dominated the coverage we've had
gets in, the stories he brings us. russia says they're going to remain in support of president assad despite doubt that arose last week after they met privately with secretary of state hillary clinton on the issue of chemical weapons. >>> and to the crisis and the mess in cairo. egypt's president more morsi is asking them to stay there. more syrians are refusing to cancel a rev 49er render. morsi did cancel the rally. it did little to bring calm to the streets of cairo. the washington post wrote about the muted response from the united states through all of this saying, quote, the administration's rejoineder is that this isn't about america. egyptians and other arabs are writing their history now, and they will have to live with the consequences. moreover, the last thing secular protesters need is an american embrace. that's surely true, but it's crazy for washington to appear to take sides for those who want a liberal, tolerant egypt. somehow that's where the administration has ended up. we'll talk more about this with david ignatius coming up on "morning joe." >>> now to the hoax.
. >>> also new this morning, russia's parliament approved a controversial measure that will ban american families from adopting russian children. according to russian media reports. that goes to president putin to be signed into law this is seen as retaliation for a new u.s. law that imposes travel and economic restrictions on human rights abusers in russia. >>> it was a black christmas? initial holiday numbers not very good. a report from master card said holiday sales growth slowed by more than half this year, and the weakest holiday shopping season since 2008. the report said shoppers were not in a subpoenai inspending m of the fiscal cliff threat and hurricane sandy. >>> box office gold for les miserables. it blew away all expectations. raking in $18 million on opening day. strong number one. and number two, jangle on chains, starring jamie fox and leonardo decap icaprio. and then the hob bot, parental guidance and jack reacher. >>> in the next half hour, we'll preview some of the top picks with christopher john farley of speak easy. "the wall street journal's" culture website. we'll
of santa's route. he follows every new year's. he just was in russia. now he's over the great wall of china. previous to that, he made his way to australia. you can see him flying past the famed opera house there. so he's delivered all of his presents in australia. all of the presents in russia. all the presents in japan, and also south korea, and, of course, now he's busy in china, on his way, of course, over here to the united states. we'll keep you posted. >>> wreaths across america. it's a program that's become part of the healing process for military families around the holidays. today's giving in focus takes a look at a tree farm in maine that helps turn greece into finding peace. >> i know when chris died, we kept thinking about how we were going to remember him. and we kept thinking that his spirit was moving through the trees every time you saw them moving. i seem to be drawn to maine even though i've never lived here. it's pretty amazing. >> we're in the wreath business and have been since 1971. columbia falls is a little town in coastal washington county. the perfect little count
and russia on board, shep. >> shepard: are they indicating whether they believe the administration's policy of engaging nations in this way, i don't know, not worked? >> senior u.s. officials tried to say today that that policy has worked in some places like burma, but not in others. they recounted spending the last year making overtures to kim jong-un, who succeeded his father last year, but hasn't changed his country's belligerent tone or conduct. >> we were willing to match steps for steps. we put concrete ideas on the table. >> there has and remains a path for north korea to end its isolation, but that requires abiding by its international obligations. >> analysts expect kim jong-un to move swiftly to conduct a new nuclear test to bolster his standing within the regime. >> shepard: james rosen, thanks. >>> sort of last ditch get out the vote effort is underway now in egypt where opponents of a constitutional referendum are urging followers not to boycott the vote on saturday. protesters have been out on the streets in cairo after mohammed morsi granted himself sweeping powers to push th
. >> jon: similar events in russia as well. what would make someone want to do this? how do you help your child deal with it? dr. keith ablow joins us after the break to try to answer those questions. >> teacher, which i'm so grateful for, there was just a small group, they rushed the kids in to the bathroom and they locked the door. and they just told the children that it was hamme hammering. tried to keep them calm. the next thing i know, because it's hard to get a complete story, the next thing i know is that the police came in and knocking on the door to be let out of the classroom. when they were, she had seen glass and blood. ...so as you can see, geico's customer satisfaction is at 97%. mmmm tasty. and cut! very good. people are always asking me how we make these geico adverts. so we're taking you behind the scenes. this coffee cup, for example, is computer animated. it's not real. geico's customer satisfaction is quite real though. this computer-animated coffee tastes dreadful. geico. 15 minutes could save you 15 % or more on car insurance. someone get me a latte will ya, please?
and months. lou: moving quickly to syria as we wrap up. russia today -- from the deputy foreign minister, basically saying that they have acknowledged that bashar al-assad has been losing power and that his departure is a foregone conclusion. suddenly they are talking about strong support for bashar al-assad and making it very clear that they firmly support his regime. >> the russians cannot let go. he is an allied to iran and some are anti-american. what i see now is that the civil war in syria is going to grow, unfortunntely. an opposition that cannot bring him down very fast. lou:as always, thank you for being with us. thank you. lou: much ore on the obama administration's foreign-policy in the middle middle east. the "a-team" towards us comi up. federal workers are thriving in the obama economy with record paid benefits. far outpacing government workers. it seems that government workers still unhappy. unions upset with the new reality of coworker reform. alan wilson joins us and tells us why they should be cheering us why they should be cheering you right to work twins. i didn't see
theories and major motion picture drove folks to turn out en masse in mexico, france, russia, britain, serbia, turkey, china and elsewhere. now the big question, since we're still here, what to to do about dinner? it could be end of traumatic stay in mexican jail for former u.s. marine arrested on vacation. correspondent steve harrigan has the story of an effort to get their son home for the holidays. >> john hammer's family goal was to get him home by christmas now. his parents, lawyer and congresswoman all say they expect his release today. >> amen, hallelujah, wonderful early christmas president for the family. the community rallied for john's liberty. >> the 27-year-old former marine is a combat veteran who served in iraq and afghanistan. after treatment for post traumatic stress disorder he and another former marine bought a used winnebago and planned surfing trip through mexico and costa rica. hammer's family maintains he declared the antique rifle he planned to use the hunt birds to custom agents on both sides of the border. he was arrested after entering mexico a taken to the
a fatal plane crash in russia. new video surfacing of the airliner as it careened off the runway and on to a highway in moscow yesterday. the impact sending debris flying into oncoming traffic, including a tire that slammed into a car. no passengers were on board at the time only crew members and the death toll risen to five after a flight attendant. the remaining three survivors listed in mythical or serious condition. hospitalized tonight. no injuries listed of people on the ground. including that car. and investigators are trying it determine what went wrong and one official is looking at faulty brakes to blame for the crash. two teenagers injured at a stabbing in a shopping mall in california at least one of them undergoing surgery the at a local hospital right now. and police responding to the scene late last night to find the victims on the third floor of a movie theater. it was chaos in the search for the suspect. >> they had us all in a line exiting, police caution tape. >> and police were shopping every vehicle and shining flashlights, opening trunks and checking everyon
that russia's behavior is really quite naughty. don't forget viewers in the united states can catch our latest gps special tonight called "tough decisions" and it examines how major decisions are made in everything from national security to business to family affairs. it airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. don't miss it. >>> thanks to all of you for being part of my program this week, i will see you next week. stay tuned for "reliable sources." >>> there are signs maybe just a glimmer, maybe something more, that the tone of journalism is starting to change in the wake of the connecticut school massacre. signs of this is not just another tragedy that we talk about for a week and move on, but has changed the sensibility of the news business. that has some commentators rethinking their long-standing opposition to gun control. >> i knew that day that the ideologies of my past career were no longer relevant to the future that i want. that i demand for my children. friday changed everything. it must change everything. it is time for congress to put children before deadly da
. don't forget that syria is a client of russia. whatever else you say about putin, and there's plenty bad you can say, he brought up something interesting last week. he said, look, you guys, go ahead and have an influence on the outcome. you're not going to like the outcome. when the baath party goes inside syria, you'll have muslim -- the best thing for you is to just stay away. so far we have stayed away. >> medal of honor recipient colonel jack jacobs and msnbc analyst. thank you. >>> while the fiscal cliff has reigning in, some are it's report that had contributions of up 63% for the first nine months. the reason donors are concerned that a fiscal cliff deal could limit the tax deduction on charitable giving in the future. >> good day to you. is that the reason? i think people are worried they won't know what the deduction listen next we're, so front-loading the deduction this year. hopefully it's my wish they don't reduce it at all. >> let's look at some of the numbers. each year 300 billion is given to charity and claim about 50 billion a year in tax deductions. so when you look
is basically saying i'm in russia and i can't be touched that is how he is looking at this. he is saying beyond the western law enforcement agencies and russian law enforcement agencies can be bought by me and all the people in his organizatio melissa: doesn't make sense when we saw a lot of same banks attacked by cyber hackers. they were trying to crash the website of the banks and slow you down and be convene anti-. now someone is trying to steal money and said hey that is good idea, let's steal some money, right? >> right. they are trying to steal your credentials. one way to do this, this is not the exact way they do this. one way to do it, friend you on facebook, and steal yur credential from your facebook page, friend you and then prove you with a false website that looks like your ba's website. so what will happen then, you will dutifully type in user i.d. and password and think you're getting into your bank's website. when that happens, they have captured your user i.d., your password and possibly other identification features that you use melissa: is this the main way they're doing thi
technologies. we have to sustain the partnerships we have. and that includes russia. we're joined by some of our russian friends here today. russia's said our current agreement hasn't kept pace with the changing relationship between our countries to which we say, let's update it. let's work with russia as an equal partner. let's continue the work that's so important to the security of both our countries. i'm optimistic that we can. we have to keep creating new partnerships. we have to make sure to paraphrase einstein that our wisdom stays ahead of our technology. and i know you're committed to this. and i want you to know that i am, too. so let me leave you with a story of that first trip dick and i took together. you may remember this, dick. i was in ukraine. we went to a facility, an old factory. we walked down these long, dark corridors, ducking our heads, stepping over puddles of something. we're not sure what it was. finally we came across some women sitting at a worktable. on it were piles of old artillery shells. and the women were sitting there taking them apart by hand, slowly, c
. everyone, even russia warned syria not to do it. now you see this exclusive to cnn. our camera crew inside syria got dangerously close to a chemical weapons production plant. the syrian government doesn't us to see this. they make that very clear. we want you to watch this report from arwa damon. >> reporter: in most of these villages we don't dare stop. while no longer fully controlled by the government, the regime spies still lurk, and we're sneaking our way towards a facility the government most certainly does not want us to see. a site that multiple sources on the ground say is where the assad regime produces chemical weapons called the scientific research facility. to the southeast of aleppo lies the town of al scattered safari. on the outskirts a sprawling factory manufacturing anything from containers to long-range missiles. this is as close as we can get before we hear an aircraft overhead and quickly leave. to the southeast of that, aaccoacco according to our sources, is the scientific veerch fa simt. we can see the outer most perimeter of the general research facility and the fig
control of syria? what does that many and how significant is that coming from russia? >> reporter: it's pretty enormous for those in damascus certainly. russia has been a political stalwart ally for political and diplomatic months over the past revolts 21 months long now. the point man of the middle east, deputy more than minister, saying he thinks unfortunately rebel victory is in fact possible.than minister, saying he thinks unfortunately rebel victory is in fact possible. suggesting we're seeing the trend moving in rebel direction. that's a big deal because in the past ten days to a week, we've seen the russians reassess that position, get involved with the meetings with the u.s., have lower level politicians saying the government isn't up to its job and putin be very friendly with turkish leaders, trying to make sure that relationship hasn't been permanently damaged. and now today we're seeing the first clear time that russia thinks assad is over. his days are perhaps numbered. and that will have huge ramifications on those inside the syrian regime worried themselves, seeing thems
. throwing boiling water froze it snaptly. >> steve: he made it snow. from russia with love. tell us about rg3. >> brian: you want to know. i am fascinated by that. that is thomas edison in russia. rg3 is ready to go. the rookie quarterback will play against the eagles. i say give him time and he has such a bright future . he missed last week's name with a sprained knee. eventually the giants will win. he is a football icon in chicago. >> you hear what i said. >> steve: embarrassed? >> brian: mike ditka didn't get his own message. admitting he is a fan of greenbay packers. ditka coached the bears for seasons. he's changed loyalties . who will win the bcs championship. a dolphin in the miami sea aquarium picking the fighting irash over alabama. he hadie choice and he went dolphin. he is 2-wrero with the picks. that is the scientific waya of doing things. for an unrelated top we'll go to steve. >> steve: ugly on the runway. call them gaud yeobscene, but don't call them pretty. today on "fox and friends", we'll bring you the ugly christmas sweaters on the market. this is the creator of the fashi
, everyone, russia's vladimir putin, now banning the adoption of russian children by americans as of january 1, even halting the adoptions already in progress dealing an emotional blow to many families including our next guest. robert and kim summers are parents in the process of adopting a russian child and they're afraid they'll never see him again. robert and kim, good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> dave: i'm sorry what you're going through and what the russian president is doing is despicable to say the least. you were so close, felt it was a part of your family, tell me how difficult it's been. >> you can't fathom the pain, it feels like losing your child. this is our son and we have spent so many-- so much time waiting to get to this happy point and as a matter of fact, i looked at my husband this morning and said two weeks to go and we'll be in russia holding our son. and now that's so-- we don't know where we're at. >> dave: robert. in terms of the process and in terms of the emotional commitment, tell me how far along you are in this process. >> emotionally we're draine
to get the ambassadorship to russia? you or anna wintour? >> that's not why i was there. i was there because of the importance of the topic to the country, to our clients, to our employees, to everybody. >> can you imagine -- did you see that? >> yes, i did see that. >> whoever doesn't get wasn't, i heard sarah jessica parker. >> i read something about lazarus. >> i'm supporting mark. i don't know, the queen of mean? the prada thing? >> they deserve it, though, over there. >>> let's talk about some know,s that actually have a much happier ending. there is a deal to end the eight-day los angeles port strike. striking harbor clerks reached a tentative settlement with management with the ports of los angeles in long beach last night. that strike idled most of america's strongest cargo complex. i think the strike originally started on november 27th. if you think it's not a big deal, there's a billion dollars in goods that goes through this port every single day. it's the largest port in the united states and it was affecting not only that port and all of the ships that had been
a raisyour rate cd. ally bank. your money needs an ally. >>> as russia's president made a rare appearance in turkey today, clashes continue along the border of those two countries. ivan watson is is in istanbul and i asked him how close the latest syrian air strikes were to the turkish border. >> the air strikes hit within site of the turkish border, sending panicked civilians fleeing to the nearby turkish border, also sending warplanes in the air in response to these close air strikes. all of this happening just hours before one of the biggest traditional supporters. vladimir putin sat down for talks with the turkish prime minister who's been one of the biggest enemies. both leaders trying to down play their difference, play up their huge trade, but they disagree on turkey's request to deploy batteries along the border and this is supposed to be disgust at nato headquarters starting on tuesday. >>> let's check in now with john king with a look at what's ahead on ac 360. >> the united nations now reacting to the story you're also been covering. syria may be preparing to unleash chemical w
to syria come as that country's ally, russia, signals that the use of chemical weapons is a red line for their own support for syria. joining me now is nbc's chief pentagon correspondent jim jim miklaszewski. a speech that really didn't have anything having to do with what syria, clearly there's intelligence on the ground that has u.s. officials concerned. >> reporter: that's right, chuck. all the latest intelligence indicates that the u.s., nato, and particularly the syrian people are really staring the worst case scenario directly in the face. just about the time rebel forces started to make significant advances in the capital da m damascus, u.s. officials tell nbc news that the assad regime informed its chemical weapons corps to get prepared. and just about that time, u.s. intelligence noticed a flurry of activity around several of the chemical weapons sites, an indication, perhaps, that the chemical corps is moving two precan cursor chemicals to the same locations to weaponize artillery shells and once you combine those precursor chemicals it creates that deadly nerve gas. now th
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